>> A punchline aimed at Woody Allen shocking the opening night crowd at the Cannes Film Festival, and prompting a response from the director on Thursday. First to the zinger. With Allen's new film Cafe Society kicking off the festivities Wednesday night, Master of ceremonies Laurent Lafitte, a French comedian, launched this would be one liner.
Quote, it's very nice that you've been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you're not being convicted for rape in the U.S. The joke reportedly drawing gasps from the crowd. Although Lafitte was likely comparing Allen to another director, Roman Polanski, who spent years in Europe to avoid sentencing for rape charges in the U.S., many also saw it as a reference to child molestation claims made by by Allen's daughter, Dylan.
While those allegations remain unproven, they resurfaced just hours before Canne's opening night. With Allen's son and former MSNBC host, Ronan Farrow, penning a blistering essay for the Hollywood Reporter, supporting his sister's claims and imploring the media to avoid what he called years of Allen's PR spin machine. Allen, on Thursday, telling reports he did not read his son's piece and that he was not offended by Lafitte's joke, adding that his only beef with the ceremony was it's length, causing the audience to sit for an hour before getting to see his film.